Czech It out

Trip Start Jul 08, 2011
Trip End Jul 19, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Prague is absolutely stunning!! Breathtaking, old and fun. We arrived in the evening and had some time to settle in before heading to dinner. The location of the hotel was amazing. Not only was it right next to a giant mall, but it was a 5 minute walk to the town square. Dinner was in a beautiful big hall and the food was pretty decent. The first night Brett brought us to a really fun pub, Harleys, that had AMAZING Mojitos. The bar tenders did all kinds of tricks including crushing the mojito ice with a bat..kind of gross but cool to watch.

For our first full day in Prague we had a guided tour that took us to the Hradcany castle, charles bridge and past the old jewish quarter. We did not spend much time at the castle..briefly went inside the St. Vitus Cathedral. I really wanted to see more of the castle but did not end up going back. I would suggest heading there in your free time and explore everything because the castle is really made up of several parts and we barely saw any of it. The bridge was beautiful and definitely one of my favorite areas of prague. Just like the castle, we didn't actually get to go into the Jewish Quarter on the tour...just walked past it. There is a cemetery with many layers that makes up about 1200 graves in a very small area! There is also the oldest synagogue in Europe which is cool so in your free time you may want to go back there (I did). After the tour was a cruise down the was a nice way to see the city.

The second night we did a pub crawl which was a lot of fun. The one we did did not end up at Karlovy Lazne (the big 5 story club that a lot of tours go to) but I heard its not so great anyway. I forgot it DOWN POURED that night...we got stuck in it while walking to the first bar. the guide led us through all these back alleyways and I felt like I was in a scene from a vampire movie in transylvania with all the lightning and old buildings. We ran through it and spent a good amount of time using all the bathroom paper towels to dry off. We were soaking wet for a while but it didn't bum us out or anything. the first bar out of 4 or 5 was very fun and a great way to start out the night. We played beer pong since they had several tables. It was fun to teach all the people who had never played before. I think the pub crawl was about 15 euro and the firs bar was drink all you can for free...totally well worth the money, especially since you need a lot of beer for beer pong. We also played this big Jenga drinking game. Each Jenga block had something written on it so when you pulled it out, you would have to do whatever the block said i.e. give a lap dance or lick the bar etc. It was hysterical. i don't remember the order of the bars but we danced the night away and then ended up at some club that was just ok...I feel like we were the only ones there. On the third night we went back to one of the bars because it was kind of close to the hotel...I think the name was Nebe. It was right down the road from the hotel but me and my friend got into a cab to go back because we were drunk and forgot. The cab driver drove us the total time of about 30 seconds and made us pay rather then telling us our destination was just down the road...go figure. The other places were Mecca, M1 Lounge and Drunken Monkey....I took pictures of the signs haha. I believe the drinking game bar was Drunken Monkey. On our way into Nebe they gave us free shots.
The next day was a bike tour, which I did not partake in because A. I don't love bike riding and B. I was hung over of dammit. During that time I walked back to the Jewish Quarter and did some souvenir shopping. I always remembered my friends telling me that prague was so cheap...well, its not anymore. Except the beer. I think the most I payed for a beer was 1.25 euro. I went to a museum of torture some time during the 3 days and it was not good so don't go to that if you pass it. After the bike tour the others went to one of the oldest breweries called U Fleku. It is from the 1400s! Although it was on my itinerary I missed out since I didn't go biking=( Dinner on the 3rd night was at a place with traditional dancers and singers. the food was traditional fare and made of up several kinds of meant and potatoes/dumplings. Nothing special. I can't wait to go back to prague!!!
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